How To Write An Effective New Year’s Resolution


There’s a new year’s resolution. There’s also an effective new year’s resolution. First of all, I hope you’ve gone through our other post of why these resolutions usually don’t work. If not, you can take time (a few minutes, really), to skim through that. Okay, you’re back! Here, we will be tackling the “How” or writing a New Year’s resolution and what to do so it doesn’t end up gathering dust and cobwebs as soon as you complete your list.

How To Write An Effective New Year’s Resolution

Effective New Year’s Resolution: Should You Write One?

I think the operative word in that question is “should”. Should you? To be frank, it’s up to you. Some people start the year without even thinking about the idea of having a to-do list. Other (me, included), have said list, only, it’s not on paper. Literally. They’re goals that are scribbled on my brain Post Its. No, not like the invisible Post Its Bolt’s (Yes, I’m referencing an animated film by Disney. About a dog) manager wrote with a “boop” sound effect.

Maybe you’re like me, with those floating goals etched in your head. Or maybe you’re someone who wants those goals written down on something visible to your eye. That’s good, too. Actually, that’s the path to take if we’re going to get into the blood and sweat and dirt of making a new year’s resolution work. Too gory? Yeah, just trying to amp-up the paragraph.

If Your Answer Is “Yes”…

Thus, if you belong to the latter who like the idea of writing down the year’s to-be goals, then yes, you can. I don’t want to use the word “should”. I mean, I don’t want it to sound like it’s something of life or death and that if you don’t do it, you won’t be able to achieve those goals. I’m using the word “can” because it’s more… practical. It comes with a hands-on implication (imaginary, but ride along with it).

The Effective New Year’s Resolution Methodology

Oooh… Getting all scientific here. Nope, not by a bit. Just using “Methodology” to add more legitimacy to the following steps you’ll read about writing a resolution. Not that legitimacy is needed. After all, this is a blog. A personal one, hoping you’ll be able to relate to its tone. Alright, maybe “legitimacy” isn’t the word I’m looking for. Just. Methodology. Period.

First, a lot some time for this. You can’t simply rush through it the way you would a grocery list. You’re coming up with goals. Your goals. Goals that will usher positive change into your life. So don’t take this matter for granted. You already signed up for it, you might as well give it the attention and effort it requires of you.

Second, go ballistic. Not crazy, ballistic. Think of every goal you can conjure in that creative brain of yours. Every goal you want to be completed by the end of the year (complete by you, of course).

Think Outside The Box

It can be anything, from learning a new language to learning how to bake. It can be to save up so you can buy a new laptop by yay month. In fact, add diet on there. This one’s a favorite. Eating healthy and getting fit. Also, throw in some hair color change in there, too. Getting new bedsheets. Updating your social media status. Like I said, ballistic. Write down as much as you can and be as creative as you can.

The purpose of this self-brainstorm (not an actual term) is to give you options. A bunch of options because, again, you can do anything you want to, if you… well, do it. Now, comes the more serious step.

Get Stream-Lining

Here’s where you need to get detailed and nitty-gritty. From this ballistic list, highlight the ones that are to be your priority. Which ones are the most important to you? Which ones hold the most value in terms of change?

How To Write An Effective New Year’s Resolution

Additionally, this is where you can try and categorize them. Change for character growth, skill improvement, professional enhancement, it goes on for as long as you let it go on.

Once you’ve done that, select the highlighted goals and classify them accordingly. From here, arrange them according to which are long-term and short-term. To add, at this point, think practically. Come up with a timeline. Come up with specific ways you should be able to do in order to accomplish both your short-term and long-term goals.

Using And Re-Using SMART (Unoriginal, But We Can’t Avoid It)

Furthermore, get SMART. That’s right. Incorporate that acronym in this mo’. Short, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. Make sure your goals fall under the SMART radar. It’s a way to get rid of the mystical idea of a New Year’s resolution and really get down to business in actually completing those resolutions.

The rest? Well, it’s in your hands. You have a truly rad New Year’s resolution at your fingertips. Now, it’s time to start replacing “writing” with “doing”. Go, you!

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